in about 100 words or less
Poland 561m, Colour
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski; Cast: Henryk Baranowski, Krystyna Janda, Aleksander Bardini, Daniel Olbrychski, Janusz Gajos, Miroslaw Baka, Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Maja Barelkowska, Maria Koscialkowska, Teresa Marczewska, Ewa Blasczyk, Piotr Machalica, Jerzy Stuhr, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Artur Barcis
Dekalog is a demanding and powerful series of ten extremely well-crafted dramatic short films based on the lives of the inhabitants of a Warsaw apartment complex during the mid 1980s who encounter a number of ethical and moral dilemmas. Structurally, each film is loosely based on one of the Ten Commandments and explores the darker sides of humanity. Notwithstanding the structure of the series, the plots of each film only briefly overlap through shared stories or in passing characters. Despite the seemingly spiritual basis which underlay these films, the stories are not overtly religious in nature – but rather they address the underlying human motivations such as belief, ethics, honor, loneliness, jealousy, love, murder and greed which prompt the characters’ actions and reactions (Klaus Ming February 2010).